Wedding Planning – Getting Your Smile Ready for the Big Day

Make your smile shine as white as your wedding dress on your big day!

You’ve finally found the ONE! Wedding planning is underway. There are invitations to design, choosing the bridal party and wedding clothes, deciding which wedding venue to use, and getting to taste-test all those yummy wedding cakes. It’s a day you will remember for the rest of your life, and you want to get everything absolutely perfect.

Getting a talented photographer to document your big day is, of course, imperative. After all, those photos will live on in family albums forever. But even more important than getting the best photographer is making sure your smile is its best!

What can you do to make sure your smile is wedding photo ready? Here are some fast and affordable dental options that will do the job.

Brightening your smile

One of the quickest ways to enhance your smile is with teeth whitening. Teeth can become stained because of the foods you eat and drink, medications you may be taking, or the natural yellowing that comes with age. Professional whitening is the best way to remove built-up stains or yellowing. Your dentist may offer a variety of whitening options.

In-office whitening: This is done in your dentist’s office and can be done in two ways:

  1. Under the supervision of a dental professional, a gel is applied to your teeth, and the powerful whitening agent in it is activated by exposure to a special light. This treatment can dramatically whiten your teeth up to eight shades in just one hour.
  2. Custom-made mouth trays are created for you that will hold professional grade whitening gel securely against the surface of your teeth. Your dentist will supervise the treatment to make sure you achieve the degree of whitening you desire. Length of treatment will depend on how white you want your smile to be.

At-home whitening: This option is similar to the second mentioned above. Custom-made whitening trays and gel are provided for you that will ensure thorough and even whitening results. You will then be able to use this at home whenever and how often you want. You decide!

Nothing says “Bride” more than a gorgeous white dress and matching smile!

It's your wedding! Smile big with a perfect smile.

Repairing your smile

Bonding: If your smile is less than perfect because of chips or cracks, this is a very affordable solution for perfecting it. Bonding is one of the quickest and easiest ways to repair a tooth. A composite resin is color-matched to your teeth and then applied to the surface and shaped. Once you and the dentist are happy with the way it looks, it is hardened with a proprietary light and polished. It will blend beautifully with your smile and look natural.

The best thing about this treatment is that it can erase those irritating flaws in just one visit!

Straightening your smile

Crooked teeth can be embarrassing, especially on a day where your smile is the focal point of everyone’s attention. You may think you don’t have time to improve your smile before your wedding day, but there are a couple of orthodontic treatments you should consider.

Porcelain veneers: If your wedding day is just a few months away, porcelain veneers could be the right solution for you. Often called “instant orthodontics,” porcelain veneers are thin shells of enamel that are adhered to the front of the teeth, changing the shape, size, or color. If your teeth are only slightly crooked or are irregular in size, veneers can make over your smile in only two or three visits. Your dentist will be able to tell you if this is a good option for you.

Invisalign®: If you have more time before the big day arrives, say a year or so, then Invisalign® could be a great option for you. Invisalign uses a series of clear, polymer aligning trays to move your teeth into their correct position. The nearly invisible aligners can be removed to eat, brush, and floss. Treatment with Invisalign® typically takes about 12 months.

Smile for the camera

Having a white, straight, flawless smile will give you the confidence you need to smile big and bright on your special day. There will be no regrets as you look back over your wedding photos, only beautiful, happy smiles and happy memories. So, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and we hope it will be everything you dreamed it would be!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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The Top 3 Surprising Reasons Why Straight Teeth Matter

Straight teeth improve your confidence and have health benefits

Are you considering straightening your smile with orthodontic treatment? You have good reason to invest in yourself! A recent study revealed that almost 80% of patients who completed orthodontic treatment felt that teeth straightening was one of the most life-changing decisions that they ever made.

For most teens and adults, the primary motivation to correct a crooked smile is improving appearance and boosting confidence. But did you know that there are also significant health benefits of straight teeth?

1. Straight teeth create healthy bites

According to the American Dental Association, the purpose of orthodontics is to create a healthy bite. Malocclusion (or bad bite) occurs when teeth are out of alignment, crowded, or crooked, making the jaws not meet properly. An abnormal bite can cause significant oral health problems, such as:

  • uneven wear to tooth enamel
  • tooth decay
  • impaired speech and chewing
  • chips or cracking of protruding teeth upon injury
  • jaw pain or related TMJ issues

Your dentist or orthodontist will assess your bite and may recommend orthodontic treatment to correct a malocclusion to save your smile from premature wear and prevent future dental issues.

2. Straight teeth are easier to clean

Proper dental hygiene (that means brushing AND flossing) is more difficult when teeth are crooked or crowded. If the bacteria that accumulates between your teeth and at your gum line is not removed daily, you may experience increased tooth decay and develop periodontal problems such as gum disease. Gum disease is a serious health ailment that can lead to:

  • red, swollen and bleeding gums
  • bad breath
  • receding gums
  • eventual tooth loss

A perfectly aligned smile together with a regular hygiene routine and biannual dental visits will keep your smile healthy for a long time!

Straight teeth will help you smile more and contribute to your mental and physical well being

3. A healthy smile contributes to overall health

How can a straight smile improve your whole body health? There are two key areas:

  • Mental Health. Smiling makes us happy! When you have a beautiful smile, you’ll find yourself grinning more than usual. Teeth straightening can give you the confidence to accomplish a personal goal or land your dream job. Especially during adolescence, straight teeth can improve the self-esteem of teens. Orthodontic treatment can even help adults look and feel younger. You’ll never be self-conscious about your teeth and hide your smile in social situations again!
  • Physical Health. The truth is that your oral health impacts your overall health. Neglecting your oral health can lead to bleeding gums caused by periodontal disease, which allows oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Oral infections and inflammation can lead to more serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic diseases (find out more from the American Academy of Periodontology).

By taking care of your gums, teeth, and smile, you will be taking good care of your entire body.

How to achieve straight teeth at any age

You may be surprised to learn that the benefits of properly-aligned teeth extend beyond confidence and appearance. A correct bite position, clean teeth, and overall body health are top reasons why straight teeth are important.

Our trained and experienced dental team can help you identify your options for orthodontic care. Achieving a straight smile and maintaining the health of your teeth go hand in hand. Whether you’re a teen or adult, teeth straightening is worth your investment! Start your smile journey today!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Say “I Do” to the Perfect Smile with Invisalign

Did you recently get engaged? First, let us at Soams Dental Care be the first to say “congratulations!” While you’re trying to find the perfect venue, the perfect dress, and the perfect photographer, have you asked yourself, “Do I have the perfect smile?”

Say “yes” to the dress your perfect wedding-day smile with Invisalign®! Invisalign® involves a series of progressive, removable aligners that straighten your teeth and are virtually invisible. This means while you’re planning your wedding day, Invisalign® will be working in the background to get your smile perfect before saying “I do!”

Why Invisalign?

  • Convenience: Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible – there are no metal brackets or wires. Also, they are removable, meaning you can take out your aligners for special occasions, such as your engagement photo session or bridal shower.
  • Comfortable: You won’t experience pokey wires and cumbersome metal brackets. The aligners are smooth thermal plastic, making your treatment comfortable.
  • More Confidence: You’ll start noticing the results when undergoing Invisalign® – you’ll be smiling more confidently before completing treatment! Since the aligners are clear, people may not even notice you’re wearing them! It’s a win-win!

Learn the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.

 

FAQs every Bride Should Know

How much will Invisalign® cost? The cost of Invisalign® is comparable to traditional braces, so the cost could range from $3,000 – $8,000, but only Dr. Gerfen will be able to determine an exact price because treatment varies from patient to patient. Dental insurance may cover Invisalign®, similar to coverage with other orthodontic treatments. Consult with us about the best method for paying Invisalign®.

How often will I need to visit the dental office during treatment? At the start of treatment, we’ll schedule regular appointments every four to six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as it should. These appointments are brief and can be scheduled at a time of day that works with your busy schedule!

Will my new smile be ready in time for my wedding day? The length of treatment varies from patient to patient, but the average adult case takes about 12 months.

Can I also whiten my teeth safely while undergoing this treatment? Yes! We recommend in-office whitening to achieve your wedding photo-ready smile. Our team can arrange your in-office whitening to take place during one of your Invisalign® appointments for maximum ease and convenience. Talk to us about your wedding planning schedule so we can schedule your whitening to take place before your engagement photo session or other important events.

Ready to Say “I Do” to a New You?

Your wedding day should be perfect, and that includes your smile! If you’re in need of any dental treatment before your big day, do not hesitate to contact us by calling (203) 743-1972 or contact us online. We’re honored to be part of your special day and look forward to you remembering your wedding day for years to come.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission. Source: https://www.roadsidedentalmarketing.com/blog/dental-articles/

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8 Reasons to Choose the CLEAR Alternative to Traditional Metal Braces!

Are you dissatisfied with your smile? You may have dreamed of having straight teeth, but perhaps you can’t get past the idea of having the “metal mouth” look. Did you know there’s a CLEAR alternative? Your friends, family members, and coworkers may not even realize you’re having orthodontic work done!

Here at we are a certified Invisalign provider! Have you ever wondered if Invisalign is right for you?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern approach to straightening teeth. Custom-fitted, clear trays or aligners are fabricated just for you. Wearing the trays will gently move your teeth to the desired position. You will pop a new set of trays in every 2-3 weeks until treatment is complete.

8 advantages over braces:

1. The clear aligners are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces – people may not even realize you’re wearing them!
2. You can remove the trays whenever you want.
3. It’s easier to clean your teeth. You’ll be able to floss and brush your teeth as you normally do.
4. There are no food restrictions! You won’t need to worry about brackets coming loose or food getting stuck between them.
5. If you suffer from metal allergies, clear aligners are the perfect choice since they’re metal-free.
6. You will have fewer appointments, with office visits only every 4-6 weeks.
7. The trays are smooth and more comfortable than brackets. You won’t have to worry about metal cutting your cheeks and gums.
8. If you have a wedding or special event coming up, you can simply remove the trays for the day!

Are you still undecided? Well, did you know there are also health benefits to having straight teeth? Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and tooth decay are caused by bacteria. Individuals with crowded teeth generally have a harder time keeping the areas between the teeth clean, which can then lead to periodontal disease. Studies have shown that periodontal disease can lead to heart problems and diabetes. With Invisalign and the help of Dr. Gerfen, not only will you be able to keep your mouth in good health, you will also be taking care of the rest of your body!

Call our Danbury or Brookfield dentist office for a consultation to find out if you would be a good candidate and to ask any questions you might have about treatment! Learn more about Invisalign on our website as well: http://www.soamsdental.com/services/cosmetic/invisalign-danbury-ct/.

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4 Reasons to Contact Your Danbury Dentist About Invisalign

Danbury residents freed by InvisalignSome endure possessing a crooked, uneven smile because sporting a mouthful of metal braces is an even less appealing solution to them. Your top-of-the-line Danbury dentist uses Invisalign to successfully address all your teeth straightening needs. What makes Invisalign such a superior option in comparison to the traditional metal braces utilized over the years?

1. Timing—The Invisalign process typically straightens teeth much faster than metal braces. On average, in 6-12 months, you’ll be flashing your very own picture-perfect smile.

2. Inconspicuous—Instead of the “look at me…look at me!” appearance of traditional braces, Invisalign straightens teeth utilizing virtually invisible, plastic aligners. No one needs to know that you’re getting your smile straightened but you and Dr. Gerfen.

3. Comfort—Invisalign is metal-free. That means no metal wires or brackets to irritate the tissue in the mouth. The customized aligners are easily slipped over the teeth, and are replaced every 2 weeks or so with a new set in continuing the straightening process.

4. Maintaining Oral Health—Straightening teeth should not hamper the ability to maintain good oral health. Throughout the Invisalign process, the plastic aligners can be simply removed whenever it’s time to brush and floss.

A perfect, straight-looking smile could be yours as early as your next scheduled teeth cleaning and exam. Contact Dr. Gerfen to find out how you can receive $500 off your Danbury Invisalign treatment today.

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